A New Language in the Making: HongKongese

Panel Discussion

Lower Hall

May 24, 2024 16:30
A New Language in the Making: HongKongese

The panel discussion, "A New Language in the Making: HongKongese," explores the transformation of Hong Kong's native language, known as "HongKongese," and its profound implications on the city's identity and resistance against external cultural and political pressures. This unique creole language has evolved from traditional Cantonese, incorporating English, Mandarin Chinese, and local innovations, allowing for distinct linguistic and cultural expression. As Hong Kong's political consciousness has shifted, there is a growing movement to embrace and promote HongKongese over standard Cantonese, highlighting the language's role in setting Hong Kong apart from mainland China and fostering a resilient sense of local identity amidst changing socio-political dynamics. The discussion also delves into the diaspora and cultural aspects of this linguistic transformation, addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by double colonization.





Mr. Andrew Chan Mr. Andrew Chan
Founder and former Convenor of Societas Linguistica Hongkongensis (SLHK).
Dr. Joseph Lian Dr. Joseph Lian
Former Professor of Economics at the International College of Liberal Arts at the Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan.
Mr. Calvin Tatara Mr. Calvin Tatara
Founder of Museum of Hong Kong


Ms. Loretta Lau Ms. Loretta Lau
Performance Artist and Director of NGO DEI.